Kobo ID a social impact organization, our emphasis is on citizens in sub-Saharan Africa, an economy that has largely been excluded and marginalized from basic access in the global digital economy. We believe that decentralized and portable digital identity is a basic human need, fundamental to access to basic needs like access to food, social services, healthcare and financial inclusion, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Understanding the last minute network challenge gap is particularly challenging and costly for sub-Saharan African citizens. Our goal using an open blockchain framework is to provide citizens in sub-Saharan Africa with a decentralized identity as well as assurance levels of security for digital assets, private keys and identities through hardened authentication. We imagine the possibility of using basic public/private key encryption and data hashing to safely store and exchange identity information. We imagine the possibility of achieving strong multi-factor authentication with locally accepted out-of-band communication throughout the process.

Our challenge seeks to build upon traditional authentication mechanisms where we integrate data sets from multiple touch points, hardened by introducing context aware behavioral authentication functionality while providing users with a decentralized identity. With trust established via leveraging core principles of the blockchain technology several age old disenfranchised communities could be untangled.